Obtaining the correct vision mixer has been a long-term endeavour, but finally one has been found. The unit seen in previous pictures was of a similar design but not the correct one.
We need some way of being able to view the pictures from the engineering area, so we decided to move the precision monitor from its original position next to the three camera control units to a separate installation next to the work desk – the space will be filled with another picture and waveform monitor later.
As is usual for any vehicle that has a few years behind it, the electrics are “interesting” to say the least. Generations of mechanics have practiced their crimping techniques on the wiring!
There are two lockers above the driver and passenger seats, these have two sliding doors – unfortunately one of these doors was missing (and it would happen to be the one with the curved front edge!).
Dicky Howett recalls a little piece of ABC Television at Didsbury.
In a residential street on the outskirts of Manchester there used to stand the production base of ABC Television. (You remember ABC Television? Come on now, that was back in the days when ITV was ITV!). Demolition, it seems, is the pre-ordained fate of most pioneer tv establishments. For example, A-R tv’s Wembley got razed and recently, the big double production space known as ‘Studio Five’. Teddington Studios became an upmarket riverside residential enclave; Television Centre – sold for a pittance; the London Studios are not what they used to be; Lime Grove bit the dust and Alexandra Palace… well who knows? However, redundancy is the name of the game and sentiment doesn’t enter the balance sheet.
We’ve started adding some articles on various topics including the history of the technical and practical aspects of television.
These are all available under the category “Articles” and the last few are available from the “Articles” menu.
Although we had done some work on the cab area earlier on (seats, basic painting and others) there was still some work to do.
Dicky Howett rummages through the Radio Times
Via the delights of eBay, I acquired recently, the first 26 editions (from Jan. 8th 1937) of the Radio Times special ’Television’ supplement.
Continue reading “Pre-War OBs and Other Things”
By Paul Marshall
Pick-up any worthwhile book on the history of television and turn to the index to look up the word ‘interlace’ or ‘interlacing’. Look at the referenced pages and somewhere you will find an established ‘fact’ that Randall Ballard of RCA invented the ‘clever’ technique of interlacing in 1932. It doesn’t matter whether the book is American, British, German, French or Russian – Randall Ballard invented interlacing. Is this ‘fact’ completely sound though? As with so many issues in the history of the technological development of television the rights to precedence have become distorted over the years by manipulations of corporate image, tweaking for reasons of national pride or just plain acceptance of the status quo.
By Paul Marshall
As one grows older, anniversaries seem to come around ever more frequently. Perhaps in an uncertain and ever faster moving world we crave stability, points of reference and solid ground. 2008 is, as is any year, an anniversary for many things and many people, but to anyone who professes an interest in the history of television it is a significant date.